ATHEX closes at 7-year high

The Athens Stock Exchange (ATHEX) composite share price index closed last Friday at 4,808.46 points, a gain of 115.02 points or 2.45 percent on the previous week’s close. Friday’s closing was a year-high and the highest level reached in seven years. Turnover rose to 1.53 billion euros, an average of -381.86 million per session, from -336.42 million the previous week. All major indices gained: The FTSE/ATHEX 20 index of blue chips surged 2.47 percent to close at 2,573.45 points, the FTSE/ATHEX Mid 40 rose 1.76 percent to close at 6,063.16 points, the FTSE/ATHEX Small-Cap 80 added 2.08 percent to close at 924.00 points, the composite FTSE/ATHEX 140 soared 2.35 percent to close at 5,830.61 points and the FTSE/ATHEX International gained 2.37 percent to close at 6,846.38 points. Fifteen of 17 sectoral indices gained. The exceptions were raw materials (less 0.40 percent) and travel and leisure (0.07 percent). The top gainers were technology (higher 6.42 percent), industrial goods and services (5.15 percent), telecommunications (4.32 percent) and financial goods and services (4.25 percent). Among individual titles, the top gainers were Korres Natural Products (up 84.17 percent), Parnassos (53.33 percent), the preferred shares of Ideal Group (41.67 percent) and Emborikos Desmos (20.69 percent). The top losers were Vivere (down 49.66 percent), ANEK’s preferred (90) shares (20 percent), Tria Alfa (11.91 percent) and Elbisco Holdings (10 percent). National Bank topped the list of the most heavily traded shares, with an average turnover of -62.38 million per session. It was trailed by OTE (-37.64 million), Alpha Bank (-35.43 million), OPAP (-30.94 million) and EFG Eurobank (-16.28 million).

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